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Thousands of Macedonians have spent weeks protesting against the government in a movement being dubbed the "Colorful Revolution." What caused all the fuss?
Activists from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists defaced a Soviet-era monument dedicated to KGB officers in Kyiv. Members of the far-right group tried but failed to chisel off the nose of one face on April 28. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Despite massive economic problems and alleged corruption, Putin remains wildly popular with rank-and-file Russians.
Police in Almaty, Kazakhstan shut down a news conference called by activists who were discussing plans for protests in the city. About a dozen activists were detained when police intervened on April 29 outside Almaty's Press Club. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
More people gathered in Kazakhstan to protest against a government decision to privatize agricultural land. In the coastal town of Aktau on the Caspian Sea, police intervened and forced people to leave. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Kyrgyzstan has opened a new maximum security prison in the capital, Bishkek. It took about nine years to complete. The government demanded an acceleration in construction after a prison break at an older nearby facility last October. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatist forces traded accusations about responsibility for a deadly shelling of civilians on a roadway near Donestsk. Local authorities reported at least five people died near a checkpoint in the separatist-controlled area.
Protests were held in two Kazakh cities against a government decision to privatize agricultural land. At the rare public demonstrations in Kazakhstan, speakers called for the land to be kept in public hands and not rented to foreigners.
A site in Belgrade that provided help to migrants and refugees has been demolished as part of a $3 billion waterfront development. Some of the refugees in the Serbian capital witnessed the dismantling of "Miksaliste" site by construction workers, who were accompanied by police.
Activists in Minsk protested against the ongoing construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Protesters used the annual "Path of Chernobyl" demonstration on April 26 to speak out against the plant being built in Astravets.
Thousands marched again in the center of Skopje on April 26, with some setting fire to pictures of President Gjorge Ivanov. The protesters are calling this a "colorful revolution," and again some of them hurled paint at government buildings -- this time the justice ministry.
Protesters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, demanded that suspect war criminals in the country face justice. They called for the abolition of an amnesty law that prevents the prosecution of alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan in recent decades. (RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan)
Chernobyl is known as the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster. But the Ukrainian town has a much deeper meaning for a New Yorker named Yitz Twersky. He recounts his family history, which originated in what he calls "the seat of the Twersky Jewish dynasty." (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
More than 100 Georgian troops returned home from Afghanistan. They were commended for saving several U.S. airmen during their seven-month tour of duty.
In 1986, radioactive dust clouds from an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reached Norway. The resulting contamination has lingered for decades. Sami reindeer-herdsmen and their herds in Snasa are still tested regularly for dangerous radiation levels.
Farmers in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region are facing the perils of planting spring crops in a conflict zone. After two years of war, thousands of mines and unexploded shells lurk beneath the soil. Before sowing their fields, local farmers must first rely on deminers to ensure their land is safe.
On April 26, 1986, a routine safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine spiraled out of control. Follow the dramatic events that led to the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster.
Hollywood star and human rights activist George Clooney joined the commemoration of the massacre of Armenians under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. With Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian he laid flowers in front of the eternal flame at the country's genocide memorial complex.
In the Kazakh city of Atyrau, around 1,000 people staged a rare public protest to denounce a government decision to sell land in auctions.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and other political leaders marked their ballots in parliamentary elections on April 24. Vucic asked Serbian voters to endorse his drive toward the European Union while maintaining close ties with Russia. (RFE/RL’s Balkan Service)
Serbians went to the polls on April 24 in early parliamentary elections to vote members of the country’s National Assembly. More than 6.7 million registered voters were also choosing councilors in local elections. (RFE/RL’s Balkan Service)
On April 23, thousands of Armenians commemorated the 101st anniversary of the beginning of mass killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. The march started in the evening at Yerevan's Republic Square and ended at the capital's memorial complex. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster, firefighters remain on high alert to prevent radioactive forest fires.
Local elections set for April 24 in the wealthy Moscow suburb of Barvikha have been canceled amid reports of widespread voter fraud. The decision came shortly after the new head of the Russian Election Commission took office.
About 1,500 troops from Tajikistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia took part in a four-day military training exercise near Dushanbe. Collective Security Treaty Organization forces drilled against possible threats by Islamic State militants. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)
Vasyl Sokirenko is an ex-cop who chose to retire to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Now he tends to his plot of land -- beekeeping and growing vegetables. He’s one of a small group of “resettlers” who value the peace offered by life in the zone more than the threat of radiation.
Performance artist Roman Roslovtsev returned to Red Square to stage his latest masked protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and a law on public gatherings. This time he was joined by a second protester. They were both arrested. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
Thousands of protesters in Skopje gathered for an eighth straight night of antigovernment demonstrations on April 20. Again they threw paint and sprayed graffiti and slogans -- some saying that they were staging a "colorful revolution" in Macedonia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Nurgazy's heartwarming story went viral. Now, he has the chance to win at the prestigious Webby awards.
Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, not many people still live in the areas of Belarus most affected by the fallout. A hardy few remain in the Krasnapolle district in the country's east. RFE/RL Belarus Service recorded some of their stories.
Gas prices in Kyrgyzstan have ballooned in the past year. But Kenzhekul Zhumashev found an original way to deal with high costs -- he started producing homemade biogas.
Centuries after William Shakespeare wrote them, his plays are performed in a multitude of languages. To mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616, actors from the Balkans to Central Asia performed Hamlet's famous soliloquy for RFE/RL.
Emergency workers who responded to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago returned to the scene of the event that changed their lives forever. Known as "liquidators," they shared stories of their experiences and their struggles for official recognition and compensation.
Stand up for your rights. Or lie down. Or get naked. When you need more than words to be heard.
Military intelligence units from five member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) gathered for training exercises in Tajikistan. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)
Health officials in Pakistan hope to vaccinate nearly 2 million children over three days in a new drive to combat polio. In the past, campaigns have been suspended because health workers were targeted by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Shi'ite militia fighters, backed by Iraqi government forces, battled Islamic State militants around Al-Bashir in Kirkuk Province on April 15. The town, with a mostly Turkoman population, was one of the only Shi'ite areas in Iraq under the rule of the militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
Flash flooding has hit western and southwestern Iran following days of torrential spring rainfall. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
Islamic State militants have lost their hold on the northern Iraqi village of al-Nasr. After a 10 day battle, Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters liberated the village. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
They are kids whose faces are blackened by coal dust. Child labor is illegal in Afghanistan, but in the Nahrin district of northern Baghlan Province, children are performing dangerous and backbreaking work as coal miners. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Mustafa Sarwar, Zhakfar Ahmadi, Bashir Ahmad Ghazali)
Moscow traffic is rated among the worst in the world.
Some drivers will do anything to get ahead -- even driving on the sidewalk or along tram lines. With traffic police apparently not coping, activists are taking matters into their own hands using nothing more than video cameras and the Internet.
On April 14, President Vladimir Putin will answer select questions from the public on live TV. Will these Russians get their answers?
Rotting garbage has been piling up this week on the streets of Bannu in northern Pakistan. Municipal garbage collectors have stopped gathering the trash until they are paid their salaries.
They say they haven't been paid for four months. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
When Abdul Qadir Mujrim's arms were seriously injured in a work accident, he seized the chance to transform his life. His village in Pakistan's Balochistan Province had no school, so Mujrim created one. At the same time, he turned his love of poetry into another career as a writer.
Dmytro Hodzenko was killed one day before he was due to be discharged from service in the Ukrainian army. He was on the front line to the very end.
Cease-fire violations are on the rise in eastern Ukrainian. Russia-backed separatists have shelled government positions near the city of Avdiyivka.
A strict all-female boarding school in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, has one primary objective: to prepare Muslim girls to marry Muslim men. There are no boys or mobile phones around, but there are more girls trying to get in than the school can handle.
Yosif Stalin Kim Roane has lived a lifetime named after one of history's bloodiest dictators. Now in his eighties, he recalls the forgotten history of African-Americans who went to live in the Soviet Union. (Current Time/VOA)
Roads and sidewalks in Siberian cities in Russia look like a battlefield. Snow is disappearing with the arrival of spring, but so is the pavement in many places. RFE/RL’s Current Time TV reporters Sergey Chudinov and Marina Myshko report from four cities on just how difficult it is to get around.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev announced his resignation, but insisted he was innocent of corruption allegations made by one of his own ministers.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Yerevan to pay respect to ethnic Armenians killed in recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Amid the recent flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting, we asked people in
Yerevan and Baku what they thought about each other.
Opposition protesters tried to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of Kosovo's newly elected president, Hashim Thaci, by throwing a tear gas. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
It’s that time of year when Turkmenistan rolls out its program for the Month of Health and Happiness campaign. Government employees, school children, and students are ordered to engage in physical exercise under the threat of losing their jobs.
Moscow police have once again arrested anti-Putin protester Roman Roslovtsev.
Yosif Stalin Kim Roane has lived a lifetime named after one of history's bloodiest dictators. Now in his eighties, he recalls the forgotten history of African-Americans who went to live in the Soviet Union. (Current Time TV/VOA)
A Lithuanian-speaking Afghan caused a sensation on YouTube last week in Lithuania, when he posted a video asking the president to give him asylum. On April 6, he arrived in Vilnius, hoping to begin a new life in the country.
In Russia, criticizing the president can lead to criminal charges. Russian authorities have launched a hate-crime investigation against regional lawmaker Olga Li after she published a YouTube video accusing President Vladimir Putin of a "criminal conspiracy" against the Russian people.
Ceremonies were held in Bishkek as, for the first time, Kyrgyzstan marked the anniversary of its 2010 revolution with a national holiday.
Dutch voters rejected the European Union's Association Agreement with Ukraine in a nonbinding referendum on April 6. A day later on the streets of Kyiv, many Ukrainians were not surprised by the rejection and lamented the state of their own country. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
The Russian Foreign Minister praised the cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian-backed separatist forces, as the two sides continued to accuse each other of breaking it.
Hundreds of Pakistani women have been scarred and disfigured by attackers throwing acid. The effects can be devastating -- but a beauty salon in Lahore is offering survivors job training, employment, and a path to independence and confidence. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
How did Icelanders and Russians react to their respective officials being implicated in the Panama Papers scandal?
The massive data leak from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca indicated that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's wife and daughters have been secret shareholders in offshore companies with a multimillion-dollar property portfolio. The news has barely made a ripple on the streets of Baku.
More than 2,000 people have fled areas near Mosul, where Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are attempting to dislodge Islamic State militants.
There were scenes of devastation in the village of Talish, in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, following rocket attacks that reportedly took place before a cease-fire was declared.
An RFE/RL camera in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh captured what could be the first use of an Israeli-made "kamikaze" drone in combat on April 4. (RFE/RL Armenian Service cameraman Karen Chilingaryan)
Several hundred pensioners gathered in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to call on politicians to do more to help the elderly. They said recent cuts in state pensions have led some to the brink of starvation. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
A cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists was reported to have held overnight from April 4-5 in the disputed region. On April 6, Azerbaijan alleged that Armenia broke the ceasefire, but this could not be independently confirmed.
People in Sarajevo celebrated on April 6 the anniversary of the city's liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945. They were able to drink coffee from what is claimed to be the largest coffee pot in the world, holding some 650 liters of the beverage. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
The Netherlands is holding a referendum on whether Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union should be ratified -- the political fallout from a "No" result could put pressure on the Dutch government to rescind its ratification.
The major investigative report called the Panama Papers claims to have exposed the fortunes held in offshore accounts by a number of high-profile Russian figures. One of the central players is Sergei Roldugin, a famous cellist and a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.
Here are some major figures and parties who have been implicated by The Panama Papers.
Dozens have died since new fighting flared on April 2 in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh inside Azerbaijan. But the conflict has been simmering for decades. (RFE/RL, with Reuters video)
What do Muscovites think about the massive financial data breach called "The Panama Papers." The leak implicates Russian President Vladimir Putin in a money sheltering scheme, but Current Time TV correspondent Vadim Kondakov had a hard time finding people who have heard the news.
The southern Iraqi port of Basra was hit by a suicide car bomber, as Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for bombings across the country.
Farman Ali from Pakistan's restive Swat Valley lost his hands when a suicide bomber struck in 2008. His wife has also been very ill, and the family has been desperate. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, the parents are now getting medical treatments, and their boys have hope for the future.
Torrential rains caused flooding that claimed dozens of lives in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province.
The Ukrainian foreign minister joined campaigning in Amsterdam, days before the Dutch vote in a referendum on whether Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union should be ratified.
The defendants made their final statements in a trial relating to the 2010 revolt that toppled Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev.
Armenian troops fired shells from the town of Martakert in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 3, the second day of fighting in the disputed region. The forces traded fire with Azerbaijani troops on the opposite side of the line of control less than three kilometers away. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian addressed the National Security Council in Yerevan on April 2 after fighting erupted in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh inside Azerbaijan. Sarkisian said that 18 Armenian soldiers had been killed and 30 wounded in the fighting.
An unremarkable building in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, conceals a secret: an underground prison where opponents of the Soviet regime were held and interrogated. The site was abandoned long ago, and few Moldovans know about the abuses committed there during the communist era.
A court in Baku sentenced five defendants to prison for beating to death a journalist last August after the victim had criticized a professional soccer player on social media. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
How civilian doctors in Ukraine juggle care for military, civilians and animals.
Residents of Baku posted videos of flooded streets and cars filling up with water after a rainstorm. The city's sewer system seemed unable to handle the deluge. (RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service)
AFP reporter Maher Al Mounes was one of the first journalists to enter Palmyra on March 27. Embedded with the Syrian Army, this is what he saw shortly after the ancient Syrian city was recaptured from Islamic State militants on March 27.
Only 10 people remain in the village of Syze, about three kilometers from territory held by Russia-backed separatists near Luhansk. The locals have a nickname for a hometown that they see as forgotten and useless: "The Appendix." (Andriy Dubchak, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.
In Kyrgyzstan's Naryn region, hundreds of miners toil underground in brutal cold in search of tiny quantities of gold. Their mine is one of many operating illegally in the region, without safety regulations or guaranteed pay.
Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman met migrants across Europe. His photos show where, and under what conditions, children in these dire circumstances sleep.
Supporters of executed assassin Mumtaz Qadri riot in Islamabad.
Frustrated with corruption and economic turmoil, thousands of Moldovans marched through the streets of Chisinau on March 27 to demand their country be reunited with Romania. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
More than 200 Syrian refugees remain trapped on Macedonia's border with Serbia after the closing of the so-called "Balkan route". For more than 20 days, they have lived in small camping tents, in cold, wet, and muddy conditions.
Music and laughter can be heard pouring out of an orphanage in Kabul. In a country torn apart by three decades of war, Andeisha Farid is trying to nurture a new generation in Afghanistan with education, culture, and joy. (Wali Sabawoon, Tamim Ahgar, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Many survivors of Bosnia's 1992-95 war have reacted with disappointment to a UN court verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of war crimes and genocide on March 24. The court ruled Karadzic was criminally responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered. But the families of the victims say Karadzic should have been given a harsher sentence. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service, ICTY Video, TV Liberty)
Turkmen state television this week broadcast footage of smiling officials receiving a special gift from the president: a copy of his 35th book, a treatise on tea.
Four laborers became the latest casualties in Pakistan, where two weeks of heavy rain has led to around 80 deaths. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
It's that time of year again... Hindus in Pakistan have been throwing colored powder at each other to celebrate Holi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Belgians, including a Muslim cleric and a local artist, give their thoughts a day after suspected Islamic extremists killed at least 31 people in suicide bombings in Brussels. They were speaking at a community gathering to honor the dead in the center of Brussels.
A student dormitory has been named after Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic -- just as the UN war crimes tribunal prepares to reach its verdict in the war crimes trial where he faces charges of genocide, rape, and murder.
The French government recently tried to close the so-called "Jungle" by offering alternative accommodation to those still waiting in vain for entry into Britain. It hasn't worked.
Relatives of Heorhiy Gongadze say questions still need to be answered about who ordered his killing and why, 16 years after his headless corpse was found in a wood near Kyiv.
Thousands of people are stranded in Idomeni, Greece, at a makeshift camp by the Macedonian border, now closed to migrants. Among the residents are Afghan citizens who have little chance of receiving asylum in Europe. As they wait in limbo, they contend with dire conditions and food shortages.
Journalists in Kosovo protested after allegations the country's prime minister threatened one of their colleagues -- for breaking the story about his brother claiming asylum in Germany. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Some Moscow residents are furious about plans to build a new highway through their neighborhood. They've tried to block the construction, but have been pushed aside by plain-clothed security men to make way for the bulldozers. Welcome to the urban planning process, Moscow-style.
Members of an association of Bosnian war victims departed for The Hague, where the UN war crimes tribunal is due to deliver its verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Thursday.
There's a new subject on the syllabus at some schools and colleges in the Czech Republic: how to identify Kremlin propaganda.
Artak Gevorgian calls it street art. But to authorities, it's hooliganism.
Large crowds took part in festivities in Afghanistan's capital to mark Norouz, the new year on the Persian calendar. Participants in the celebrations raised a prayer pole symbolizing the seventh-century Caliph Ali at the Karte Sakhi mosque. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Members of the Crimean Tatar community marched in the Czech capital, Prague, on March 19 to mark the second anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The Crimean Tatar minority has been strongly critical of the annexation.
Emergency workers searched through the remains of a passenger plane that crashed while trying to land in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don early on March 19. All 62 people on board the plane were killed. Grieving relatives were gathered at the airport near the crash site. (Reuters)
Three security personnel were injured, one seriously, in an attack on a check point in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi. The March 18 attack with a small homemade explosive was the third of its type on the paramilitary Ranger Force in the city since last week.
A city in Ukraine bid good riddance to the country's largest remaining statue of Vladimir Lenin.
It took a crane to lift the 20 meter-tall, 40-ton statue of the Soviet leader from its pedestal in the city of Zaporizhzhya. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Azerbaijanis are getting ready for Norouz, the New Year's holiday that coincides with the beginning of spring. But many people are worried about how rising prices will impact their family celebrations. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
Just before Norouz, the Persian New Year, residents of Kabul shared their hopes for peace in the coming year -- and their sadness over insecurity, poverty, and the emigration of loved ones. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Two years after the release of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from jail, what remains of Pussy Riot?
Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reportedly have been preparing for an offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. On March 16, the soldiers took part in training about 40 kilometers from the city. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
Dancers from two celebrated groups -- Ukraine's Virsky Ensemble and Georgia's Rustavi Ensemble -- are touring Ukrainian cities with an acrobatic dance showdown. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
A human rights group in Kabul staged a reenactment of the brutal beating of Farkhunda Malikzada, who was killed by an angry mob one year ago. The 27-year-old student of Islamic law was pummeled to death and her body was burned after she was falsely accused of destroying a copy of the Koran.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told RFE/RL in Brussels that Kyiv has completed the reforms needed to move forward on implementing visa-free travel to the European Union.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the EU to move forward with proposed sanctions on Russia over the imprisonment of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. Poroshenko told RFE/RL in Brussels that Savchenko's continued detention in Russia is a "brutal violation of international law."
Supporters of artists arrested at a recent antiwar protest in Moscow staged an open air creative meeting. On March 16, members of the "No Peace" movement sketched and painted outside the court house where hearings on their fellow artists were taking place. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Belgrade on March 16 as part of their six-day tour of the Balkans. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and other officials received the couple at the capital's airport. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
People in Tajikistan are looking forward to Norouz -- the Persian New Year -- and everything that the holiday season brings, from family celebrations to booming business. RFE/RL's Tajik Service asked residents of Dushanbe what the holiday, celebrated on March 21, means to them.
At least 15 people were killed and more than 20 injured in an explosion on a bus in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Police said that a bomb had been planted on a bus carrying provincial civil service workers. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
A few dozen refugees and other migrants were sent to the Vinojug camp in Macedonia after hundreds fled an overcrowded Greek camp and forded a river to cross the border. Police detained hundreds of people and sent the majority back to Greece. (RFE/RL's Macedonian Unit)
Rival protests were continuing in Tbilisi on March 15 over a candidate for the chancellor of Tbilisi University who has ties to former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
Model Alexandra Kutas is trying to forge a career in a demanding industry. She's had an unlikely path to the runways of New York. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
Medical facilities were overrun with patients a day after a reported chemical weapons attack by Islamic State militants on the Iraqi town of Taza. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
Turmoil continued at Tbilisi University, as rival groups of students clashed on the campus. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
Noreen Jabbar's estranged ex-husband threw acid in her face two years ago. Like hundreds of Pakistani women who have endured similar attacks, she suffered disfiguring scars. But Noreen and many other victims of violence have received medical care and job training, all thanks to a local entrepreneur.
This is the social media fantasy peddled by Assad’s regime.
Aleksei Retivykh is on the rescue crew at the Kazakh ski resort Chimbulak, near Almaty. At the age of 11, Aleksei lost a leg, but he found the strength to become an expert skier after that.
Today, he's well known not only at the resort but also on social networks in Kazakhstan.
The campus of Tbilisi University was in turmoil, as protesting students prevented the election of a new senate chancellor. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
The decision to close borders to migrants across the Balkans has not only stranded tens of thousands in Greece -- in northern Macedonia, hundreds of Afghans are unable to cross the border into Serbia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
We spoke to residents of Moria, a small Greek village that has found itself the unlikely host of tens of thousands of migrants passing through on their way to Europe. What do they think of what’s going on in their backyard?
In Tajikistan, some men say they've been detained for having long beards and forced to shave. Tajik police deny that they've targeted beard-wearers, but they are keeping close watch for what they believe to be potential signs of extremism -- even facial hair.
Some migrants and refugees who have been stranded for more than a week on Greece's border with Macedonia, have decided to go to Athens instead. Buses arrived to take the migrants to the Greek capital for 25 euros each, getting them away from the dire conditions in the makeshift border camps.
Kazakhstan has relocated hundreds of people from a village near one of the world's largest oil and gas fields, but authorities continue to deny it has anything to do with mass fainting incidents. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Hard-line Serbian nationalist leader and war-crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj defied the Hague tribunal with a public appearance in Belgrade. Surrounded by supporters, he held up burning EU and NATO flags on the steps of a courthouse in the Serbian capital. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
U.S. Senator John McCain says Syria and the flood of refugees among biggest crises faced by the West since World War II.
Slovenia, Croatia, and Macedonia have closed their borders to migrants along a major land route toward the EU. But in the Afghan capital, Kabul, many young people are still preparing to leave for Europe, a decision they say is born out of desperation. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
The Macedonian side of the border zone with Greece remained empty on March 9, after the government in Skopje closed entry to any refugees and migrants. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Protests were staged in Ukrainian cities to show support for pilot Nadia Savchenko, whose trial on murder charges was concluding in Russia. A Russian flag taken from the consulate in Lviv was set alight, while protesters pelted the Russian embassy in Kyiv with eggs. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko refused to recognize the authority of the Russian court where she is on trial for murder. In her final statement to the court, she jumped up on her bench and made an obscene gesture. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
The dream of many Pakistani kids is to play cricket for the national team. Sher Ali Afridi lost a leg when he was a small boy, but it didn't stop him from excelling at the sport he loves. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
It's an everyday struggle being a woman in South Asia, but these women have taken their lives into their own hands -- and are thriving.
Three Iraqis stuck at a camp in the Greek town of Idomeni on Macedonia's border reacted with dismay to a possible deal on migrants between the European Union and Turkey. The draft agreement envisions a plan that would send thousands of migrants in Greece back to Turkey. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Around 100 female recruits are training at a camp near Lviv to become full-time members of the Ukrainian Army. They don't know whether their unit will be sent into combat, but these soldiers are already winning their first battle -- proving that they have the same skill as their male counterparts.
The big cleanup was under way after floods in Novi Pazar, in southwest Serbia. As the water receded, it left a trail of mud and destruction. Two bridges were swept away and 100 houses inundated. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
The mothers of schoolchildren killed in a 2014 Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar are petitioning for a full judicial inquiry -- citing dissatisfaction with the government-run investigation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kyiv to demand that Russia release detained Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.
Twenty-six years after opening its first branch in Moscow, the U.S. fast-food chain has flipped its first burgers in Central Asia. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
U.S. foreign affairs writer Robert Kaplan says Russia would see the oft-mooted reunification of Romania and Moldova as a cause for war. Kaplan was speaking to RFE/RL following the release of his latest book, In Europe's Shadow, a history of Romania.
Pakistan's top female squash player wants to defeat discrimination against women.
At least 12 people were killed, and more than 20 were injured, in a suicide attack outside a court building in northwestern Pakistan. There was heavy damage at the scene in the town of Shabqadar, including the charred remains of at least two vehicles. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Thousands of people rallied in Kyiv's Independence Square on March 6 to demand Russia release Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Twelve-year-old Nurbek and his friends scour a landfill near Bishkek, collecting metal from the garbage. Some have even quit school to support their families
The Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is preparing to host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in June. The race route runs through parts of the city's historic center, where some cobbled streets have been covered in fresh asphalt. Some residents fear the Old City's character has been harmed in the process.
Dawn in the migrant camps on the Greek border with Macedonia saw groups of people huddled around fires and bailing out their tents. Around 10,000 are stranded after Macedonia reduced the daily flow of people across the border to a trickle. (Reuters)
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Floor and her designer-friend Didi now teach incoming refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos how to turn inflatable dinghies into bags they can use to continue their journey to Europe.
More than 10,000 refugees and migrants remained stuck on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, in increasingly dire conditions. Hundreds took part in a demonstration in the town of Idomeni, at one point blocking a freight train from traveling into Greece. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
The authorities in Tajikistan have denied launching a clampdown on beards -- despite numerous reports from men that they have been forced to shave by police. The reports come amid increasing concerns about Islamic extremism in the Central Asian country.
What do some Ukrainians make of proposals to rename Kyiv's Moscow Avenue after the controversial World War II-era nationalist leader, Stepan Bandera?
A deadly suicide attack targeted the diplomatic district in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. An explosives-filled vehicle was detonated outside the entrance to the Indian consulate compound at midday on March 2. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
U.S. Army General John W. "Mick" Nicholson took over command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Nicholson succeeds General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and an escalation in the insurgency by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
Macedonia's interior minister received a first-hand view of the migrant crisis in his country, which has started to strictly limit the number of people passing through. Oliver Spasovski joined visiting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his interior minister, Robert Kalinak, to have a look.
Migrants continue to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, but most are now unable to leave -- threatening to turn the island into an overcrowded holding pen. Ferries to Athens have been halted, as the rest of the Balkans is blocked by fences and other restrictions.
Blind girls in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province say they are victims of discrimination by being denied access to secondary education.
Every day, Kenesh Shorukov wakes up before dawn and rides his horse across the rugged terrain of northern Kyrgyzstan. His goal: to get to class on time and set a positive example for his students. (Ulanbek Egizbaev and Ulan Asanaliev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
Crowds of migrants tried to storm through the border from Greece to Macedonia on February 29, tearing down a gate before Macedonian security forces responded with tear gas.
Eleven-year-old Yahya's parents sold him to people-smugglers in Afghanistan for around $10,000. His captors then turned him over to the Taliban, who trained him to be a suicide bomber. Yahya had the courage to escape, but there are many other children like him who fall into traffickers' clutches.
Ukraine wants to build a wall along its border with Russia to protect the country from a potential Russian attack.
More than 300 people gathered in central Minsk, to protest new rules for non-food market stalls.
The February 28 rally was held to protest a new regulation that small private businesses should obtain certificates guaranteeing the quality of their products and also show proof of origin.
Protests erupted in Pakistan after the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, a police officer who gunned down the liberal governor of Punjab Province in 2011. In Islamabad, dozens of protesters blocked the main road leading to Rawalpindi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Macedonian police fired tear gas as migrants stormed a fence on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Police launched several rounds of tear gas into the crowds who tore open a metal gate as they tried to break through. (Reuters)
There were protests in Pakistan as it was announced that the country's most notorious death row prisoner had been executed. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Thousands of people marched in Moscow in honor of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on the first anniversary of his murder. Marchers chanted slogans including "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a disgrace to Russia."
Georgians rallied in the capital, Tbilisi, to show their support for striking miners. Activists have set up booths to raise money for the miners, who were in 13th day of their walkout in the western city of Tkibuli. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
Kosovo's parliament looked set to vote on the election of Hashim Thaci, the current foreign minister and former guerrilla leader, as the next president. The possible election of Thaci has sparked protests in the capital Pristina. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
13-year-old Aichurek Sulaimanova is the sole breadwinner for her family in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Aichurek collects plastic bags after school to provide for her disabled mother and younger brother.
Artyom Chaika is a wealthy businessman and the son of Russia's prosecutor-general, Yury Chaika. In a documentary released by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, he's accused of getting rich through corrupt family dealings. An activist confronted Artyom Chaika to press him for a response
Two Pakistani girls, aged eight and six, sold bread to keep their family after a suicide blast killed their father. But now there's hope for a better future. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
On February 27, 2014, Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia took control of the main government buildings in Crimea. RFE/RL's Anna Sous interviewed 12 former post-Soviet leaders and seven gave her their views on the events surrounding Crimea's annexation by Russia.
A five-year-old Afghan boy has received two signed jerseys from Lionel Messi after his homemade tribute made the young fan a darling of the Internet. Murtaza Akhmadi sparked an international media hunt after a photo of him wearing a Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag.
As countries across the Balkans prevent migrants crossing their frontiers, large numbers of people are finding themselves stuck at various border crossings. At the Macedonian transit camp in Tabanovce, just south of the Serbian border, hundreds of people are stranded. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Afghanistan took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia. A Russian military transport plane made the delivery to Kabul's airport on February 24. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Syrian combatants might be on the verge of a truce -- but until the deal goes into action, civilians continue to suffer the worst of the fighting. In Turkey's border region, hospitals and officials are struggling to cope with an influx of wounded and desperate people.
A protest by about 1,000 Georgian miners grew violent as the workers demanded better pay and improved working conditions. Some broke into the grounds of the GIG Group mining company in the city of Tkibuli on the 11th day of their strike.
The commission that oversees Islamic schools in Kyrgyzstan has begun a process that is expected to force most of the headmasters out of their jobs. The Religious Certification Commission has required that teachers and headmasters at the country's madrasahs appear before an formal assessment panel.
The bodies of two kidnapped Serbian Embassy staff members have been repatriated from Libya.
The two were reported killed along with dozens of others on February 19 by U.S. air strikes on a suspected Islamic State training camp where they were being held in Libya. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Ukraine is attempting to build a barrier along the whole of its 2,000 kilometer land border with Russia, to hinder a potential attack. "Project Wall" is ambitious and, so far, only partially constructed. RFE/RL's Current Time TV went to take a look.
As owners of small businesses demonstrated against new government regulations in the Belarusian capital, a fleet of snow plows drove up close by, setting off scuffles with the protesters. (RFE/RL's Belarusian Service)
A college teacher in southern Kazakhstan was recorded soliciting bribes from her students. Confronted about it afterwards, the teacher said she only charges slackers.
A Russian TV report about a 13-year-old Russian girl being raped by migrants in Berlin provoked a diplomatic storm and led to protests across Germany -- before it was shown to be completely untrue.
At an overcrowded Syrian refugee camp on the border with Turkey, children talk about the horrors they have escaped from.
Artists in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar gathered to demand more support from the provincial government. They said that authorities from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province had excluded "deserving artists" from their financial assistance program. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Right-wing Ukrainian nationalists attacked a branch of privately-held Alfa-Bank in Kyiv on February 20. It was just one of a series of attacks on Russian banks in the capital, as well as Lviv and Mariupol. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
With Syrian government forces advancing on the city of Aleppo, thousands of people have been fleeing north towards the Turkish border.
Sumaya Ghulami was one of Afghanistan's heroes of the recent South Asian Games.
She's the first Afghan woman to win a gold medal in Taekwondo at the competition. She says she is competing for her country, her family and for Afghan women. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has gone off script once again -- this time telling officials about the impossibility of restricting the Internet despite the country’s frequent censorship practices.
What's it like to have violent extremists as neighbors? Villagers in Karkamis, southeastern Turkey, live within arm's reach of the Syrian border -- and territory held by the Islamic State militant group.
On December 10, 2015, France’s parliament passed a law banning supermarkets from wasting food. Meanwhile in Russia, bans on many Western imports mean food continues to be destroyed by the ton.
The decline in global oil prices has led to a sharp decrease in the value of the Azerbaijani manat. Now, Baku must find new ways to cut costs.
Demonstrators stood off with riot police in the southern Kazakh village of Buryl, demanding justice after the killing of a 5-year-old boy. The suspect in the killing is a Meskhetian Turk, and the case has reportedly sparked reprisal attacks against other members of the minority.
Awkwardness ensued as Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev toured a new French-owned supermarket in the country's biggest city, Almaty.
Villagers in Karkamis, southeastern Turkey, can see the flags flown by the Islamic State militant group just across the border in Syria. A newly built wall separates them from extremist-held territory, but not from the rockets that land in their village. (Shahida Yakub, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
The Republic of Kosovo marked the eighth anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17. Marching bands led a parade in the capital, Pristina. In 2008, Kosovo declared itself a sovereign country, nearly a decade after fighting a war with Belgrade in the late 1990s.
Kosovo's independence monument has a new look for 2016. The three meter-high letters spelling out the word NEWBORN were installed in Pristina in 2008, and have been redesigned each year. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Some residents of Pisky and other neighboring villages in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine have moved to the nearby village of Pervomaysk for the winter. Some stay in once-abandoned but still livable dwellings there.
To save money, Baku has turned off public lighting at night. The capital of Azerbaijan has often promoted itself to tourists as the "Bright Lights of Baku." But the recent economic crisis and the dive in oil prices have forced the country to tighten its purse strings. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
A 1785 collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his legendary rival composer Antonio Salieri has been performed in Prague. Long thought to have been lost, it was discovered last year in the archives of the Czech National Music Museum.
Stas Baretsky is known for going on the warpath against Western goods. This time, he hits the road to block trucks he suspects of carrying banned imports into Russia.
How do the wealthiest citizens of post-Soviet countries keep their money safe? For some, it's simple: just buy a palatial home in London. To show the public how it's done, anticorruption campaigners took journalists on a "Kleptocracy Tour" of London residences owned by foreign oligarchs.
The town of Azaz in northern Syria has been battered from multiple sides. Turkish forces have targeted the town from across the border in recent days, while air strikes, suspected to be Russian, caused widespread damage. Across the border in Kilis, Turkey, a small hospital is struggling to cope.
Afghan troops have completed an operation against militants linked to the Islamic State extremist group in Nangarhar Province. The Defense Ministry said that troops killed more than 40 militants during the three-day operation in Achin district. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Students and staff returned to Pakistan's Bacha Khan University amid very tight security, less than a month after a militant attack that killed 22 people. Those entering the campus near Peshawar had to cross through a column of armed guards and metal detectors, as the university reopened.
Skiers in search of the next challenge might want to consider a place that is unlikely to come to mind: Afghanistan. Locals -- including women in this traditionally conservative country -- have already been drawn to the frozen fun on the slopes of Bamiyan. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
In the latest uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, heavy weapons fire was heard early on February 13 near the Maryinka checkpoint, west of the city of Donetsk. Amid the rising tensions, Ukrainian government troops near the Black Sea coast conducted heavy military drills.
A group of independent Kazakh filmmakers and activists have launched their own YouTube channel to showcase their work. Partyzan TV launched in the city of Almaty on February 11 with the uploading of the internationally-renowned film, The Owners. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Kabul's airport hosted Afghanistan's military airshow on February 11. President Ashraf Ghani joined high-ranking U.S. officers and other defense officials at the event which showcased the country's new light attack aircraft, the A-29 (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan).
This Kazakh town’s road is all signs and no asphalt.
The settlement built for construction workers on a hydroelectric project in Kyrgyzstan is now a ghost town. The workers departed soon after the project was abandoned last month. But the locals are hoping the Russians will soon be back. (Zhibek Byegaliyevoy for RFE/RL's Current Time).
For these people seeking a new life in the European Union, this Belgrade bus shelter is home, for now at least. Classified as economic migrants, these men from countries in Africa and Asia have been stranded for months in Serbia, the last stop before the border of the EU. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Each year dozens of children in Afghanistan are sold into slavery or even worse fates. Their families, usually very poor, hand them over to smugglers in exchange for the promise of cash.
The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. A city lawmaker estimated that the demolitions could cause 15,000 people to lose their jobs.
A Georgian NGO, Human Rights Center, has asked for government support for the preservation of places of worship of minority groups in the country's south, where a Muslim community and a tiny Jewish minority live. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
Tanks and army trucks were lined up on the highways of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula on February 9, a day after the start of large-scale Russian military exercises in the region. (RFE/RL's Crimean unit)
The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal.
Afghanistan's government is making an active effort to train female police officers, creating a more balanced force that can better serve Afghan women. What is life on the force like for these female recruits? (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
A doctors' strike in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar brought hospitals to a near standstill.
Doctors still were seeing patients who needed treatment -- but in tents outside the city's main hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
As the seasons change, hundreds of thousands of nomads move with their families and livestock back and forth across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. In an area already ravaged by war and poverty, the Kuchis are living the kind of hard life that much of the world has long forgotten.
In the Czech capital, Prague, volunteers cleaned up the day after the firebombing of a building where clothes and other help for refugees are gathered. The attack, by a group of around 20 masked men, followed a day of protests by far-right groups against Muslims and immigration.
There’s been an outpouring of sympathy for Ghani Baba, the man who carries 100 kilograms of flour 1 kilometer on his back every day in Peshawar, Pakistan. What’s being done to help Ghani Baba?
Forget Buckingham Palace and Big Ben -- London's newest bus tour shows visitors the palatial homes of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs.
Residents of Bograd, a small town in southeastern Siberia, have lost their fight to save the local maternity ward, declared "unprofitable" by health authorities. Pregnant women from Bograd and surrounding villages will now have to travel up to 150 kilometers to give birth.
Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image.
Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) from selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years in order to provide for his family.
From the Silk Road to the center of Europe: Ancient works from Afghanistan's pre-Islamic past have gone on display in the Czech capital, Prague. A major archaeological dig near Kabul uncovered a significant trove of artifacts, and they are helping Europeans understand more of Afghanistan's past.
In an abandoned zoo in Gyumri, Armenia, forgotten animals wallow in despair. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
Across Central Asia, horsemen compete in a rugged game in which they grapple over a goat's carcass and try to drag it toward a goal. In Kyrgyzstan, the sport is known as kok-boru, and it's enjoying a nationwide revival. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
Lithuania is no longer at the mercy of Moscow, thanks to a liquefied natural gas terminal it has developed.
Rarely do Russians see or hear very much about Vladimir Putin's family life. Once in a while there will be revelations -- about his alleged great wealth, the activities of his children, and even his romantic life.
Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov has said reporters from Kremlin-funded media outlet RT, formerly known as Russia Today, have not been given permission to operate in his country. RT has been trying to open a bureau in Dushanbe since 2014.
Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime.
In the Ukrainian village of Zaytseve, 11-year-old Edik has to cross military checkpoints and enter separatist territory just to go to school. It's a dangerous trip, so Edik and other schoolchildren have stopped going to class, and instead do their schoolwork at home.
Kyrgyz authorities began destroying license plates designated for members of parliament and other high-ranking government officials. Parliament decided to revoke special license plates for top officials because of cases of drivers abusing their privileges and violating traffic rules.
Health-care workers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar went on a one-day strike, bringing chaos for many patients at local hospitals. Doctors, paramedics and nurses agreed to strike after the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced reforms to the health-care system.
Pakistan International Airlines canceled all domestic and international flights, as the national carrier’s employees continued their strike for a second day. Workers held a sit-in protest against the government's planned privatization of the airline. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
In Tajikistan, medical professionals warn that marriages between close relatives are a common cause of birth defects. To reduce future cases of congenital disabilities, Tajik lawmakers have approved a new requirement for couples planning to marry -- a genetic test.
Anatol Matasaru is a civil rights activist who was charged with hooliganism for an unconventional protest outside of Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center.
At least two workers of Pakistan International Airlines were killed and several others wounded after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesting employees of the national carrier at Karachi airport. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
U.S. Senator Bob Corker has voiced concern over the prospects for a Syria peace deal emerging from talks in Geneva. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said hopes for peace were complicated by the fact that President Bashar al-Assad had been strengthened by Russia's intervention.
U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said there is a lack of international resolve to ensure Iran sticks to the deal on its nuclear program. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said Iran had violated UN resolutions relating to ballistic missile testing but there had been no "pushback."
U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said that revelations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's huge personal wealth are destabilizing for Russia. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said increasing numbers of Russians understood that Putin had amassed this wealth while in office.
Afghan football authorities are trying to arrange a meeting between a 5-year-old boy and Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, after photos of the boy in a homemade Messi shirt went viral. He spoke exclusively to RFE/RL during a visit to the Afghan national stadium in Kabul.
Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov took on some local enthusiasts in the southeastern Serbian village of Merosina, as part of a visit as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. First, a quick game in the village square... (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Afghan security forces cordoned off an area near a police station after a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul. At least nine people were killed and many others were wounded. (RFE/RL's Radio Azadi)
At last week's congress of Kazakhstan's ruling party, long-time President Nursultan Nazarbaev received praise so effusive, it was reminiscent of accolades accorded to the leader of North Korea. Here's a sampling of the tributes put together by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service.
A little boy sparked an international media hunt after a picture of him wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag went viral. We tracked down 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi to his home in eastern Afghanistan and paid him a visit.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has opened an exhibition featuring portraits of people who Kyiv says have been illegally detained by Russia, such as filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Police in Kosovska Mitrovica said around 500 people took part in a demonstration after an international court found a prominent Kosovo Serb politician guilty of war crimes charges. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Iran has spent the week showing various forms of the country's military capabilities. On January 29, Iran's state television and the Tasnim News Agency published footage which purportedly shows an Iranian naval drone tracking a U.S. aircraft carrier, after three days of major naval exercises.
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says liberal democracies have had to restore greater regulation of capital markets.
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama predicts the Islamic State (IS) extremist group will fail to establish a viable state.
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says the energy-dependent economic model established by Russian President Vladimir Putin is 'falling apart'.
Schoolchildren in Russia's Ural region are being fed propaganda in their classrooms. The lessons include a discredited tale about gruesome atrocities carried out by the Ukrainian Army.
A pro-Kremlin art group called Glavplakat this week hung a huge banner of Barack Obama opposite the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with the slogan "Killer" -- a protest against U.S. military involvement in Syria.
Just a wild sheep playing soccer. (And he saved the life of his female goat friend, too.) (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has survived a confidence vote over his country's invitation to join NATO. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
She is a teacher bringing education to some of Pakistan's most vulnerable children. Thousands of kids live in the slums of the country's capital, Islamabad, without any access to education. But one woman, Chand Bibi, is on a courageous mission to change that. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Serbian photojournalists destroyed their own prints in protest against government proposals to remove copyright protection from their work. Critics say it's an attack on media freedom. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 cricket team, visited the school where 144 people were killed in a Taliban attack in 2014. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Supporters of Armenian opposition activist Gevorg Safarian protested in Yerevan after an appeals court ruled he must remain in pretrial detention for two months. He was arrested with four others on New Year's Eve as they tried to place a Christmas tree in Yerevan's Liberty Square. (RFE/RL's Armenian
Isolated and without water or gas, 80-year-old Antonina Prokofyevna has found an unusual companion to stave off loneliness amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
A protest erupted in a courtroom in Minsk, as three graffiti artists went on trial for painting political slogans on buildings. A supporter in the court shouted “No to political repression", "Art is not a crime”, and "This is not a trial, but a circus!" (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)
In Afghanistan, impoverished boys are being forced into a life of abuse as a result of bacha bazi -- dancing boys -- an old practice that sees wealthy or powerful men exploit underage boys as sexual partners.
Market traders are starting to repair their damaged shops in Bara, Pakistan, seven years after many were destroyed in clashes with Islamic militants. Government officials said that the Bara Bazaar near Peshawar can reopen on February 1. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has made a number of threatening statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia.
RFE/RL's Russian Service reporter Svyatoslav Leontev asked Muscovites what they think of Kadyrov.
Heavy security surrounded the reopening of Pakistan's Bacha Khan University, nearly a week after a deadly attack there by militants. The campus in the northwestern district of Charsadda, near Peshawar, was closed after 21 students and staff were killed on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Police carried Vardges Gaspari to a court house in Yerevan to face trial for insulting a police officer. Gaspari is a veteran activist who regularly lies down to protest against government policy, or in this case, the criminal justice system. (RFE/RL's Armenia Service)
When called upon, a huge number of people turned up in Grozny on January 22 to show their support for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The demonstration came after Kadyrov and his allies made a string of hostile statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia that were met
Difficult conditions are getting even worse at the refugee reception center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo due to the onset of cold winter weather.(RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Islayilova has accepted prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as her legal representative. In a statement she praised Clooney's "courage" in the case of a jailed Egyptian journalist in 2014.
A British public inquiry has concluded President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the poisoning death of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko in 2006.
A decade-and-a-half after the end of Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan still face pressure to dress conservatively in their Muslim-dominated society. And that makes holding a fashion show with female models a risky endeavor.
Olga Lyekhtona wages a tireless campaign to maintain a makeshift shrine on the bridge in central Moscow where opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in February 2015. City authorities have rejected plans for an official monument on the spot.
Militants launched an assault on a university campus in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people, including students and staff. The aftermath inside the school showed the extent of the extent of the attack's devastation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and VOA)
Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova is considering an offer of legal representation by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The wife of Hollywood star George Clooney previously has taken on prominent cases in Egypt, Armenia and the Maldives.
A student caught up in the carnage, and an emergency rescue worker aiding the victims, spoke to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal about the attacks on the Bacha Khan University in Northwestern Pakistan on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Mortgage holders held a protest outside of major banks in the Kazakh city of Almaty. They called for a recalculation of their loans, amid the recent economic crisis. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
Human rights campaigners in Afghanistan are demanding justice for 20-year-old Reza Gul. After her husband beat her, he cut off her nose. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
A Kyrgyz police officer has produced a video, which he is showing to teenagers in schools, as part of efforts to fight recruitment by Islamic State militants. Colonel Zhanibek Isayev mined the internet for shocking images from Syria, which sometimes move the children to tears.
The two-level Bab-e-Peshawar (Door To Peshawar) Bridge opened on January 18 in northwestern Pakistan. It cost 1.7 billion Pakistani rupees ($16 million) to build and was completed in record time. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Four-nation talks aimed at establishing a peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan have begun, with the Afghan and Pakistani foreign ministers, along with diplomats and military officials from the United States and China, meeting in Kabul. (Radio Free Afghanistan)
Azerbaijan deployed security forces in the northeastern district of Quba on January 15, amid national unrest over worsening economic conditions. Camera phone video shows security forces moving against the protesters. (RFE/RL's Radio Azerbaijani Service/UGC video)
Winter on Fire, a documentary about Ukraine's 2013-14 upheaval that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, has been nominated for this year's Oscars. The film tells the story of the "Maidan" protests through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy and other participants.
Southern Kyrgyzstan is dotted with small coal mines that operate without official permission or regulation. These illegal mines pay their workers an above-average wage -- at the cost of risking life and limb. (Jibek Begalieva, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
Artisans showed off their works in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar. The three-day cultural and handicrafts exhibition included a live demonstration of pottery making. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
A district court in Bishkek ruled that a decision by Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission to strip two members of parliament of their mandates was illegal. Elmira Jumalieva and Cholpon Esenamanova's mandates were canceled by the commission on January 11. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyzstan Service)
An eclectic array of fancy dress costumes and masks were on display, as Ukrainians celebrated New Year according to the Julian calendar in the Bukovyna region, bordering Romania. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Some Ukrainian refugees will have to leave Russia by February 1, under new rules imposed last autumn. It's not clear how many people need to pack their bags.
People on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, have reacted to nationwide protests which erupted following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat.
Students from around the world are preparing to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon, the energy company's annual fuel efficiency contest. For those from Pakistan's Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, it's a long road to their competition in Manila. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
U.S. citizens adopted tens of thousands of children from Russian orphanages after the Soviet collapse. But in 2012, Moscow banned Americans from adopting Russian kids with a law passed in retaliation for economic sanctions. What impact has the ban had on children in need of homes?
A local politician in Karachi has launched an unorthodox campaign to rid the Pakistani city from a plague of potholes. Alamgir Khan has taken to spray-painting the image of the provincial leader's face on the city's treacherous roads, demanding that the government fix them. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Protesters for and against the naming of controversial businessman Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister faced off in the capital Chisinau. Later in the day President Nicolae Timofti refused to name Plahotnuic, saying he did not meet his criteria for integrity. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
Security forces moved in to deal with protests across Azerbaijan, following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat -- which has lost 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in recent days. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
Protesters for and against the naming of controversial oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister of Moldova faced off in the capital Chisinau. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)
Seven members of Afghan national security forces were killed along with three Islamic militants in an attack on a government guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan)
At least 14 people were killed in a blast that appeared to target police outside a polio vaccination center in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Officials at the scene said that 13 of the dead were police officers. Taliban militants claimed responsibility. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
The flow of migrants across the Balkans continued, with around a thousand people crossing from Greece to Macedonia on January 12. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Blizzards and high winds caused power cuts and traffic jams in Belarus, with the heaviest snowfall reported in the capital, Minsk. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)
Miners blocked a main road in western Ukraine in protest at unpaid salaries. The men said they were owed money from the November and December pay packets. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
In an interview with the German magazine Bild, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in spite of falling oil prices and Western sanctions, the Russian economy is showing signs of improvement. But some Moscow residents say they have yet to see any positive change. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
The Soviet crackdown following Lithuania's declaration of independence culminated on January 13, 1991. Lithuanian leader Vytautas Landsbergis discussed the historical turning point and new regional threats in our special interview series with 12 post-Soviet leaders, "Russia & Me."
Altai, a Russian bear, just met Gul, a Tajik bear, at a zoo in the Czech Republic. Now the duo can’t be apart.
This year, Pakistan will enter a global contest for building fuel efficient cars. For students from a northwest institute, there is still a long road ahead to overtake the favorites. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
A typical evening's shopping at Bishkek's Frunze supermarket in early December suddenly turned into a cultural event with the appearance of an opera flash mob. People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's oper
The village of Zaytseve, near Horlivka in eastern Ukraine, is split down the middle by checkpoints and armed forces. Some children are separated from their school by the front lines, so they study and play at home, confined by the conditions of war.
A shocking video which appears to show plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the public response has only highlighted homophobic attitudes in Uzbek society. (UGC)
Orthodox Christians enjoyed Christmas celebrations around the world on January 6. From Bosnia to Tatarstan, they marked the holiday in different and colorful ways. (RFE/RL Balkan, Gerogian and Tatar-Bashkir Services)
A video that apparently shows plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the response to the video points to widespread intolerance in Uzbek society: instead of outrage, most comments on the video are in support of the violence.
Hundreds of former government employees marched on the Afghan parliament in Kabul to demand their jobs back. They were laid off when the country's electronic voter ID card scheme was suspended. (RFE/RL'S Radio Free Afghanistan)
In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia is working to maintain good relations with Russia while it moves toward its goal of European integration.
In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic discussed the normalization of relations with Kosovo, saying that Serbia is bracing itself for crucial but difficult talks.
A controversial plan to demolish a historic minaret in the Uzbek city of Andijon has been canceled.
A video of Bakitbek Sakiev hanging on to the hood of a speeding car earned him the nickname Spiderman. But this Kyrgyz policeman is known for more than his death-defying stunts. He's also regarded as an incorruptible officer in a country where police corruption is widespread.
A winter snowfall hampered residents of Sarajevo going about their business, and a lingering smog had many gasping for air. Fog mixed with pollution hit the Bosnian capital again on January 5, forcing many people back indoors. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Video released by activists in Armenia show police forcefully stopping them from placing a Christmas tree on Yerevan's Liberty Square on New Year's Eve. One of the activists of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front, Gevorg Safaryan, was charged with resisting arrest.
Shi'ite groups in Pakistan added their voices to protests around the world against Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Karachi and chanted death to the Saudi royal family. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
Putin In A Bottle: Russian President inspires a new fragrance.
Afghan troops and Indian security forces fought gunmen near the Indian Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. At least two militants barricaded themselves inside a residential building near the consulate on January 4, a day after the fighting began. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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